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Word Nerd: Ultramarine

Ultramarine is a vivid intense shade of blue. Ultramarine is often described as a color that is beyond the sea deep blue. Thanks to it's vibrant, rich color ultramarine was highly sought after and used to add luscious detail to works of art. As a pigment, ultramarine was first made by powdering the semi-precious stone Lapis Lazul… Continue reading Word Nerd: Ultramarine

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Word Nerd: Lenitive

Lenitive means the softening of pain or sorrow. Lenitive derives from the Latin lenire (to soften or soothe) - fun fact lenire also gave us the word lenient which originally meant relieving pain or stress. Lenitive also carries the obsolete meaning of a laxative (in medical terms). Personally I enjoy the word lenitive when using it… Continue reading Word Nerd: Lenitive

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Word Nerd: Blithe

Blithe is such a joyful word and it means one who has a blissful, ecstatic disposition. Blithe has taken on a second, not so positive meaning, which is one who shows a casual and cheerful indifference. I don't particularly care for that definition of blithe and prefer to use the word to mean overly joyful… Continue reading Word Nerd: Blithe

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Word Nerd: Nacarat

Nacarat is a red-orange color, sometimes pale, sometimes bright, sometimes both (things can be both pale and bright!). Nacarat can also refer to fabric that is dyed such a shade. Nacarat is the burning color of a sunset and the pale, flaming shades the sky dims to as night closes in. Autumn leaves, ripening pumpkins… Continue reading Word Nerd: Nacarat

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Word Nerd: Filipendulous

Filipendulous means to be strung or suspended by a thread. So hanging by a thread could also be described as filipendulous. Filipendulous is made up of the words fili (thread) and pendulous (suspended so as to swing freely). I have often heard the phrase hanging on by a thread (or some variation or other of… Continue reading Word Nerd: Filipendulous

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Word Nerd: Ipseity

Ipseity means selfhood or self identity and it derives from the Latin ipse (self). Ipseity is the quality and nature of being oneself. It so many words, ipseity is the quintessential element of identity. We each of us posses ipseity and can define and identify our unique individuality by our ipseity. Ipseity means self, identity,… Continue reading Word Nerd: Ipseity